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The Scarlet Slipper Mystery (Nancy Drew #32)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  5,146 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Nancy meets Helene and Henri Fontaine, refugees from Centrovia who own a dancing school in River Heights. Strange circumstances have brought the brother and sister to the United States. When they receive an anonymous note threatening their lives, Nancy offers to help. Encountering numerous puzzles during her investigation, Nancy wonders if the Fontaines are involved with t ...more
Hardcover, Revised text, 179 pages
Published 1974 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1954)
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Jordan Ray
Nov 21, 2011 Jordan Ray rated it really liked it
I did actually enjoy this book it was full of many surprises.It was about a picture of a famous dancer wearing a pair of scarlet ballet slippers. The picture was stolen from Paris and Nancy and her friends soon find out why. Four smugglers hid jewels in the picture and snuck it into the United States. Nancy kept running into these people and started to suspect something. Her friend Mr. Fontain she met painted the painting and was a dark person, just like the people she suspected of stealing the ...more
Nicole Bennett
Aug 09, 2014 Nicole Bennett rated it it was ok
One of my least favorites so far---boring and confusing.
John Yelverton
Sep 23, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
Nancy Drew must solve a case of extortion in this addition to the book series.
Jan 11, 2012 Kathy added it
The Mystery of the Missing Scarlet Slippers
By: Carolyn Keene

Critique by Margot Buckey

The Mystery of the Missing Scarlet Slippers is about twins named Henri and Helene Fontaine from Centrovia. They come to America, because they are forced out of their country. They are very scared of what might happen to them, so they take their case to Nancy Drew. Nancy and her friends, Bess and George, help the twins figure out what is going on and why. Nancy and her friends discover there are Centrovian men tr
Jun 07, 2009 Wenqian-1e3 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Wenqian-1e3 by: my friends
"The Scarlet Slipper Mystery " is about a girl detective , Nancy Drew who meets Helene and Henri Fontaine , refugees from Centrovia who run a dancing school in River Heights . Strange circumstanceshave brought the brother and sister to the United States . When they receive an annoymous note threatening their lives , Nancy offers her help .
But she encounters nothing but puzzles . Are the Foutaines involved with the Centrovian underground ? Have they been threatened by their own countrymen ? Why
Bahaha! When we first meet Bess'n'George, they're attired "in gay cotton skirts and blouses." At one point Nancy gets offended when Ned intimates to a stranger that they're husband and wife.

The teaser picture shows HANNAH GRUEN bound and gagged, which is the first time in the series that anything has happened to her. Apparently some people from a non-existent country are tied up in a jewel smuggling ring, though the plot is rather nonsensical. We discover that Nancy is a skilled ballerina, thoug
Connie N.
#32 in the Nancy Drew series

Another light and enjoyable book in this young adult mystery series. It brings back fond memories of devouring these books as a young girl. Today I'm amazed at how innocent they were, partly because they were written during a less paranoid time, but also since they were obviously simplified to keep the interest of young readers. For instance, the police are always happy and friendly figures who welcome Nancy's help and actually let her lead the way--driving the cops t
Jan 29, 2015 Phe rated it really liked it
The Scarlet Slipper Mystery is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 32nd book in the Nancy Drew series.

At a dancing school run by Helene and Henri Fontaine, refugees from Centrovia, scarlet slippers hang on the wall. Are they a clue in the mystery involving underground activities, missing jewels, and paintings? Strange circumstances brought the brother and sister to the United States. And when they receive an anonymous note threatening their lives, can eighteen-year-old N
Jan 26, 2013 Tabi34 rated it liked it
Shelves: nancy-drew
I found this book confusing - there were too many people with too many aliases. I'm not sure if the confusion comes from the update or not. This is the 32nd book in the series and was first published in 1954 and revised in 1974.

A few things that I noticed - Burt and Dave haven't been seen in awhile. Bess and George have played smaller roles. Often they are busy. I sort of miss Bess' timidity.

Ned apparently is more involved with the relationship than Nancy is. At one point in this book he eludes
Sep 15, 2016 Rae rated it really liked it
My very favorite Nancy Drew.
Apr 23, 2016 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read tons of Nancy Drew books as a preteen - I loved that she solved mysteries, drove a convertible, had a boyfriend, two great friends, and could basically do everything. Lately, I picked up this book when I was in a bit of a reading slump, and boy did it crack me up! I did not remember the writing and plots being so cheesy. When Nancy comes across a brother and sister in trouble, she immediately asks them to stay at her house (she believes in their innocence completely!). We find out that Na ...more
Dharia Scarab
Feb 25, 2016 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it

My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

Myself, I go ou
Alexis Contreras
Sep 30, 2015 Alexis Contreras rated it really liked it
The Scarlet Slipper Mystery by Carolyn Keene is about a girl named Nancy Drew who solves mysteries . Nancy is always solving mysteries with her freinds , Bess and Gorge . Nancy meets twins , a boy and a girl , these twins are the Fontaine's . She met them at a new dancing school . The Fontaine's started to receive threat notes from a mysterious person , so they asked Nancy for her help since she is a detective.
Nancy decides to help them with this mystery but the Fontaine's go missing one day
Kristin Landry
Oct 31, 2014 Kristin Landry rated it it was amazing
In the exciting world of Nancy Drew mysteries this is no exception; with different suspects at every turn how can Nancy not help to be confused in this new startling mystery. It start with a new dance studio in River Heights with a lovely brother and sister for Centrovia, however they soon come to Nancy with a troubling problem. While trying to protect them amongst the crowd of on coming suspects and clues, they vanish. In the end the criminals end up in their rightful place behind bars and Nanc ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing
Nancy meets a Helene and her brother Henri. Unfortunately, someone has been threatening them, forcing them to move around to keep ahead of this individual. Nancy decides to investigate!

The Nancy Drew Mysteries are such great books. My 8 year old recently discovered them and she loves them. The language is not dumbed down and my daughter loves trying to solve the mysteries. She gets so excited with every passing chapter and loves to tell me her new theories on who did it.

There is a reason these b
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I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these seri ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Jessi rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood
Henri and Helene Fontaine are from Centrovia, a country in revolt. Their parents died trying to help free the country, and now the H's are getting threatening notes telling them to leave the US. Nancy and Bess have to pull together, with the help of Ned's mom, to keep the Fontaine's dance studio open while Nancy solves the case of jewel smuggling, false identities and the scarlet slippers (worn by the Fontaine's mother who was a famous ballet dancer in Centrovia, but don't otherwise come into th ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Nancye rated it it was amazing
I read an original version, not an updated copy as the photo for this book would indicate. I read an article once that talked to one of the women who wrote under the name Carolyn Keene. She said that the books had been updated and the language changed. She refused to sign an updated version of the books since it wasn't what she wrote. I was lucky to have many of the old versions from my mom and grandmother. Since then I have collected the series in the old versions.
Jan 25, 2010 Aimee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nancy Drew lovers
Nancy Drew finds herself right in the heart of another dangerous mystery! There are burglars in her friend's dance studio, Hannah has been tied up to a chair, Togo has been wrapped up in a drape and shoved in a closet, and a famous ballet dancer has gone missing. Not to worry though... Nancy's sleuthing skills have been put to the test and I'm sure will prove themselves trite and true once again!
Feb 26, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, children
I enjoyed the ballet element to this story as well as reading about how the jewels were stolen and smuggled into the country. I found the character of Mrs Judson to be absolutely annoying which is fairly just, while I really enjoyed reading about Nancy and I found her to be extremely humble in this story which is great.
Nov 14, 2014 Miri rated it really liked it
Nancy comes to the aid of Henri and Helene Fontaine, dance teachers who have recently come to River Heights and have received threatening messages forcing them to leave their home country. In a case that has multiple angles, smuggling and underground movements, Nancy will have to keep her wits about her!
Aug 19, 2013 Disha.s rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All the people who haven't started reading the series
Recommended to Disha.s by: Our teacher for one of our project's
This is my first time reading a Nancy Drew Book, I found this book very intesting. I would say to all those people out there who haven;t yet read this book must read it. As it was the first book I read in the Nancy Drew series I loved it. I would say it was one of the best books I've read in my life.
Feb 04, 2009 Kylie rated it it was amazing
loved it! of course nancy finds her self in some dangerous case involving jewel smuggling! she is on the way to solving the last problem when shes kidnapped does she get away well find out if you read this book.
May 26, 2012 Altaïr rated it liked it
I read it to my little sister (age 10) before bed each night. She enjoyed it, and the writing is of a fairly good quality for a children's book. Expectedly, the plot was fairly simple, without many unpredictable events.

Altogether, a good children's mystery novel.
Nov 29, 2014 Abigail rated it really liked it
It was good, but definitely not my favorite Nancy drew book. The plot just wasn't as interesting to me. I guess I like it better when there are a lot of people twisted into the mystery, instead of only a few. So: Good, but I've read better.
Jan 24, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
Every time I read a Nancy Drew book it takes me back to my childhood and the hope of one day becoming Nancy Drew Sleuth. To this day I collect and read Nancy Drew books!!
Feb 24, 2013 Makayla rated it it was amazing
In this splendid addition to the series you never know who you can trust, absolutely amazing, sometimes it left you hanging!
Liana Elaine
Sep 19, 2011 Liana Elaine rated it it was amazing
My second book to read :)
Carolyn keene is such a brilliant author :) This book has so amny twists. this is thrilling but i enjoyed reading it :)
a bit confusing. these dudes are the smugglers. no theyre not, its these guys no its the first guys no it the new guy...
Jan 03, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
Not a bad book. It was hard to keep all the characters in line at particular points because of the aliases, but overall I enjoyed this book.
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Carolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people- both men and women- over the years. The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers. For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.

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